Community Helpers and Labor Day in the Primary Classroom

Community helpers activities for the classroom.

Teaching Labor Day is very beneficial in the primary classroom because it starts giving your students an early appreciation of community helpers and workers! I’ve always taught my community helpers unit around Labor Day so that we can tie them in together. Sometimes, Labor Day gets skipped over during the month of September because of how busy the curriculum starts off. If there is any freedom in your curriculum, it’s a great holiday to incorporate. It covers reading, social studies, speaking and listening, and more!  Here are a few ideas to incorporate community helpers and Labor Day in the primary classroom!

1: Host a Career Day

Invite parents or other student family members to come into your classroom to chat about their jobs. One year, my grade level invited six people to come, and the classes rotated through each room. The six helpers talked for about ten minutes, then did a little activity related to their career with each class.

Career Day Decorations.
Career Day Decorations.

Check out these darling decorations for Career Day from KC School Counselor Chic.

2. Teach a Community Helpers and Labor Day Unit

Labor Day and Community Helper go hand in hand. This is when I have always taught my community helper units. I tried to make the unit cross-curricular, so we incorporated them in our math, in our reading centers, and into our content lessons.

Community Helpers anchor chart.
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers

Anchor Chart Idea

Make an anchor chart like the example from Life in First Grade that lists community helpers A-Z for your students. You can also set up a photo booth for your students as Primary Punch did. This will help students start thinking about their future.  Check out these two activities for community helpers from Life in First Grade and Primary Punch!

Community Helpers and Labor Day Unit Solution

Within my Labor Day and Community Helpers unit on TPT, there are activities like matching games, worksheets, interactive books, and writing pieces. These flap books, matching games, writing pieces, and adjective activities (and more) can be found in my Labor Day and Community Helpers pack.

Community Helpers hands-on flip book activity.
Community Helpers hands-on flip book activity.

These two flip books are also in my TPT store. They both have a reading passage with comprehension questions, then a sorting activity and a final writing piece. Check those out here.
Click here for  Community Helper Flip Book.
Click here for Labor Day Flip Book.

3. Back to Basics: Reading and Social Studies

If you only have one or two days to teach Labor Day and can’t afford to give up the week to do community helpers unit, teach the nonfiction meaning behind Labor Day!

Community helper read alouds
Labor Day read alouds

Head to your local library to stock up on read aloud books to either read aloud or add to your classroom library.

Labor Day activities for the classroom
Labor Day activities for the classroom

Reading Activities

On the left, you will see a nonfiction passage with comprehension activities. Then on the left, you have a fictional passage on children in a classroom working on a Labor Day project. There are also two pages that will compare and contrast the Labor Day passages.
If you’re not working in interactive notebooks, look below for the traditional passages to print on printer paper!

Labor Day themed paired passages for elementary students.

Ready-Made Paired Passages

 These two paired texts are part of my Paired Passages sets!

4. Make It Crafty

Kids love arts and crafts! As long as you’re making the craft meaningful, it’ll work great in your Labor Day unit!

Labor Day craft idea

Check out this cute hands-on craft that students can illustrate and write about Labor Day.
(Source: Crayola)

Labor Day Craft Idea

I also love this Labor Day craft for students to practice art skills and write about Labor Day!
(Source: JAM Blog)

Here are your resources!

Labor Day & Community Helpers unit
August and September paired passages

Labor Day Unit & August September Paired Passages

Labor Day craftivity flip book
Community helpers craftivity flip book

Labor Day Flip Book & Community Helper Flip Book

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